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Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop

CITY OF BISHOP

377 West Line Street – Bishop, California 93514
Post Office Box 1236 – Bishop, California 93515
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Public Works News Release 2 September 2014 Page 1 of 1

Public Works News Release

Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop

The City of Bishop offers a water conservation incentive program to help its water customers save water. The program can provide some water saving items free like hose nozzles and can provide rebates on other water saving items like new sprinkler systems.

Free items include automatic hose shutoff nozzles, hose timers, and
irrigation timers.

$100 rebates are available for water wasting toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers that are replaced with water saving models. A $250 rebate is available for new sprinkler systems.

Specific requirements are available at the city website or by contacting Bishop Public Works.

For most free items you just need to stop by the Bishop Public Works
office, fill out a short form, and pick them up. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account.

Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state.

Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation, the water conservation incentive program, and the City’s water system.

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Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop

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US Forest Service Announces 30-Day Public Scoping Period for Revised Forest Plan

USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service today announced a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The scoping period begins August 29, 2014 with the publishing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register.
The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight national forests selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans under the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans on national forests across the nation.
These three forest plan revisions will be completed through the development of one environmental impact statement (EIS).  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors are the responsible officials for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
A “scoping period” gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before alternatives are developed and analyzed in the EIS.  Public involvement is a critical piece of this analysis and considered in the range of alternatives, which will be made available for public review and comment when drafted.
The Forest Service expects to release a draft of the EIS and alternatives for public review by spring 2015.
The EIS allows for a robust public involvement process, which begins with the scoping period announced today.  Public meetings to answer questions and accept written public comment are scheduled.  For the Inyo National Forest, they will be held on:
·         6:00-8:00 pm -Monday, September 15at the Dyer Community Center in Dyer, NV
·         6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA
The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.
Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time.  However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be given full consideration.  Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter standing for administrative review.
Scoping comments must be received by September 29, 2014 and may be submitted:
·         Onlinehttp://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters (click on the “Comment on Project” hyperlink under the “Get Connected” topic at the right side of the webpage),
·         Electronic mailR5planrevision@fs.fed.us, or
·         U.S. mail: Land Management Plan Revision, U.S. Forest Service, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA  93257.
Please remember to specify which forest or forests your comments apply to.  For forest-specific information, please contact that forest directly:
·         Inyo NF: Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
·         Sequoia NF: Alicia Embrey at 559-784-1500 or aliciamembrey@fs.fed.us
·         Sierra NF: Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 x4805 or dcharley@fs.fed.us
The NOI, detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at http://tinyurl.com/r5earlyadopters.
For earlier information regarding forest plan revision documents and the planning process prior to the release of the NOI and scoping period, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans

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Community Flu Clinics 2014

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

Date Location Day/Time

09.29.14 Lee Vining Community Center Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
10.07.14 Walker Senior Center Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
10.08.14 Bridgeport Health Department Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM
10.09.14 June Lake Community Center Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
10.15.14 Paradise Fire Station Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM
10.15.14 Swall Fire Station Wednesday 6:15-7:15 PM
10.16.14 Chalfant Community Center Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
10.16.14 Benton Community Center Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
10.20.14 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
10.23.14 Crowley Lake Community Center Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist® nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available. Free with Medicare Part B card present; otherwise $78.00.
Pneumococcal not available at Lee Vining Community Flu Clinic.

Cost for Flu vaccine:

$10 for adults (19 yrs and older)
$5 for children (6mo -18 yrs)

Medicare Part B free with card present.

Additional Clinics:

10.27.14 Mammoth Health Department Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, by appt
10.30.14 Mammoth Health Department Thursday 8:30-11:00 AM, by appt
11.04.14 Mammoth Health Department Tuesday 4:30-6:30 PM, drop-in
11.12.14 Mammoth Health Department Wednesday 4:30-6:30, drop-in

Children may also receive flu vaccine at school clinics to be held this Fall.

 

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

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Deceased Man Found, Mammoth Lakes, CA

DECEASED MAN FOUND BEHIND MAMMOTH LAKES RESIDENCE

On Monday, September 1, 2014 at approximately 6:10 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers were called in from home to respond to a partially clothed, unresponsive individual behind a residence at Pinecrest Ave in Mammoth Lakes. Upon arrival, officers found a white male, about 30 years of age and quickly determined he was deceased. There was evidence of damage to the remains consistent with animal activity. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy to be conducted by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Although the cause of death is unknown at this time, evidence at the scene indicated that death occurred prior to contact with any wildlife. Personnel from the California Department of Fish and Game and the Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist responded to the scene and do not believe the wildlife involved pose any reason for concern in the community.
The victim has not been positively identified, but it is believed he is an individual that had contact with several local agencies in the preceding 24 hours. On Sunday, August 31 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted a pedestrian matching the description of the deceased north of Bridgeport. The individual was transported by a Mono County Paramedic unit to Mammoth Hospital where he was evaluated by medical staff and Mono County Behavioral Health. While at the hospital, the individual became agitated and uncooperative resulting in a request for a law enforcement response. Officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded and assisted in restraining the individual. The individual subsequently left the hospital voluntarily, refusing care. Because of privacy laws, the results of his evaluation cannot be released.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers responded to a call from the Sierra Lodge about a man in the parking lot hitting himself in the head with a fire extinguisher taken from the hotel. Officers responded and found the fire extinguisher, but the individual was gone. Surveillance video from the hotel was reviewed and it was determined that it was likely the same individual who was previously at the hospital.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is conducting a death investigation related to the circumstances surrounding the death. The Mono County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office is coordinating the autopsy which will determine the cause of death. Anyone having information is encouraged to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.
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DECEASED MAN FOUND BEHIND MAMMOTH LAKES RESIDENCE

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Inyo County Board of Supervisors Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Board of Supervisors Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!!! Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley issued the challenge at the beginning of last Tuesdays Board meeting in honor of his brother, Phillip Kingsley who was recently diagnosed with ALS.
Kingsley said, “My brother Phillip (age71) has been actively engaged in farming for the last nine years since his retirement as a Professor of Psychology at Bluffton College in northwest Ohio. He is the oldest of my 7 siblings and is truly a unique character who continues to provide our family with both inspiration and comic relief.”
The Challenge will take place before the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Historic Inyo County Courthouse. The public is invited to watch all five of the Inyo County Supervisors (Linda Arcularius, Rick Pucci, Jeff Griffins, Mark Tillemans, and Matt Kingsley) along with other elected officials – Sheriff Bill Lutze, Clerk Recorder, Kammi Foote, and Auditor-Controller Amy Shepard – as well as department heads and the County Administrator as they are doused with ice water. In addition to watching the Challenge, the public is invited to place bids for the opportunity to douse the volunteers; all proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association.
“I understand that there are many causes and situations that need attention,” said Kingsley. “But for me, the opportunity to highlight the ALS cause and the fact that my brother is suffering from ALS lead me to challenge the BOS. My motivation is really about my brother Phil.”
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.  When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them.  Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.
  • Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS — more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people.
  • The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis.  With recent advances in research and improved medical care, many patients are living longer, more productive lives. Half of all those affected live at least three years or more after diagnosis.  About 20 percent live five years or more, and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years.
  • According to the ALS website : As of Wednesday, August 27, The ALS Association has received $94.3 million in donations compared to $2.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 27). These donations have come from existing donors and 2.1 million new donors.
Bidding and donations will be accepted at and during the challenge, or to donate without attending the challenge please visit the ALS Association web site at www.alsa.org
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Bishop Resident in Custody with help of National Amber Alert

4-Year-Old Child Unharmed, Mother Faces Child Abduction Charges Upon Arrest

Press Release

Date of Event: August 21, 2014 at 12:35pm.

Type of Event: 278.5 PC- Child Abduction/Violation of a custody order.

Location: US Highway 95 near the Walker Lake area.

Suspect: SCHAT, Angel Jacoba. 43 year old female, Bishop Resident.

On Thursday, August 21 at 12:35pm, the Bishop Police Department received a request from Sean Singleton for a welfare check on his 4 year old son living in Bishop.

Singleton also told police the mother might be in the Reno Nevada area, and he believed she might be trying to leave the state.

The residence in Bishop where the mother and child were believed to be at was checked; it was determined no one was at the residence, and it appeared to be vacant. Bishop Police immediately distributed a “Be on the lookout” with local agencies; all counties within California, as well as neighboring states.

Further information was gathered regarding SCHAT, and it was determined the child may be in danger while in the care of his mother and she was not allowed to take the child out of Inyo County.

With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop Police Department issued an AMBER Alert for the blue 2001 Chevy Silverado driven by SCHAT, Angel Jacoba.

Information was sent nationwide regarding the child abduction.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was also notified.

At 5:21pm, we received information that SCHAT might be at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport in Reno Nevada.

Video surveillance showed SCHAT, and the 4 year old child leaving the airport in the blue Chevy Silverado in an unknown direction of travel. At 7:34pm; the Chevy Silverado was possibly seen in Lee Vining, California; but the vehicle was never located.

At 8:40pm, the Bishop Police Department received notification that SCHAT had been located on US Highway 95 around the Walker Lake area.

Mineral County Nevada Deputies received a 911 call from a subject who was behind the Chevy Silverado and deputies were able to stop the vehicle. SCHAT; reportedly resisted arrest and deputies had to use force to subdue her. A plastic toy handgun was also located inside the vehicle.

SCHAT, Angel Jacoba was arrested on child abduction charges as well as possible new charges with Mineral County Nevada.

The 4 year old was unharmed and was taken into protective custody.

SCHAT will be extradited back to Bishop as soon as possible and will be charged with 278.5 PC- Child Abduction/Violation of a custody order and 273(a) PC-Child Endangerment.

Angel Schat
Angel Schat

4-Year-Old Child Unharmed, Mother Faces Child Abduction Charges

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Bishop Resident Rebecca Bragdon Pleads Guilty

Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

August 21, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s office announced today that Bishop-area resident Rebecca Bragdon has entered pleas of “guilty” to misappropriation of public funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

The pleas arose from charges that she embezzled funds from the Fairgrounds when she was employed as an office manager from July 2012 through July 2013. The matter was originally investigated by the Inland Division of the California Highway Patrol.

Ms. Bragdon plead guilty to violating Penal Code section 424, commonly known as misappropriation of public funds, and Penal Code section 470, commonly known as forgery. Both charges are felonies.

Restitution was also set in the case at $25,979.82. Sentencing has been set for October 22, 2014.

Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Bragdon may be ordered to serve up to one year in the Inyo County Jail and will be placed on five years of formal probation. Probation terms will include requirements that she pay restitution and be subject to search for stolen property, as well as any other terms as may be deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

By entering the pleas, she will also be barred from holding any public office. The term of incarceration will be determined by the court at the time of sentencing.

Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to District Attorney Tom Hardy at 760.878.0282 or 760.873.6657.

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Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

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Bishop Airport Layout Plan to be Detailed in Public Meetings

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

Three public forums to discuss Bishop Airport Layout Plan:

On August 25 and 26, Inyo County Public Works (ICPW) will be participating in a series of public meetings to present the details of the Bishop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to interested community members.

The Bishop ALP builds upon the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan, prioritizing several key infrastructure improvements and upgrades discussed in the Master Plan.

Earlier in July, Clint Quilter, ICPW Director, discussed the potential availability of federal and state funding to develop and implement the ALP at both the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Recently, ICPW has been presenting details of the ALP to elected officials, community service providers, and other local leaders, and is now excited to offer a multimedia presentation with details of the ALP and host question and answer and open comment sessions at three public forums.

On Monday evening at the Bishop City Hall starting at 7 pm; on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence at 11:30 am; and on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm at the Sierra Life Flight Hangar at the Bishop Airport, ICPW and Wadell Engineering Corporation, the expert airport consultant in charge of developing the ALP, will make a 20 minute presentation with slides and photos.

Afterwards, the public is welcome to ask questions, express support, and/or raise potential concerns.

“We’re are aware that people have busy schedules and wanted to give community members a few different options, in terms of time and place, to weigh in on the ALP,” said Quilter. “So far the reaction we’ve received has been very positive and we’ve received several letters of support for the project. At these public meetings we’re hoping to hear from all interested parties.”

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private.

Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados.

Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of critical, safety-related infrastructure improvements. In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with the County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles.

The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport and, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

“We’re really focused on obtaining federal and state funding for the pressing, safety-related needs at the airport,” said Quilter. “However, we’re also keeping our eye on the bigger picture as we plan these improvements. We want to keep our options open to potentially provide expanded capabilities and improved services at the airport.”

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

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SAR Aids Injured Hiker at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 15, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 14th, 2014, at approximately 2:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake.
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
A 32-year old female hiked to Arrowhead Lake were she sustained a leg fracture by striking a tree while swinging from a rope over the lake. Due to her leg fracture, she was unable to hike out. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the injured hiker.
Members from the SAR team, and personnel from Mono County Paramedics and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, hiked to her location, stabilized the fracture and transported her one and a half miles, using a wheeled litter, to the ambulance at the trailhead. The rescuers were also assisted in the carryout by a group of cross-country runners from California State University San Marcos. The injured hiker was transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for further treatment.

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

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Inyo National Forest on Revised Forest Plans

Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

 
The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling a public meeting in Bishop CA:
§  6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA.
Meetings are also scheduled for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The NOI will advise the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.
For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

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